Today’s post doesn’t feature a recipe, or a free printable that I want all of you to download. Instead, I’m going to share with all of you a little insight on some changes coming to SCL.
A Semi-Convenient Life has been, in a way, a sort of experiment. Initially started as a lifestyle blog and then focused to more food, specifically gluten free recipes over the past two months in order to try and increase traffic. Which resulted in only an occasional bump, mostly because I’ve been submitting to food blog aggregates. The lack of traffic is tiring. I feel like everything I do, especially trying to keep up with social media, gets me nowhere.
So I’ve been branching out and trying other things. Most recently I started experimenting with T-shirt and onesie designs on Etsy using a Print on Demand company called Printful, which has had all of ONE sale at this point…but it reminded me of something. I enjoy creating and designing.
I’ve always been interested in many things, but I often circle back to the same couple of ideas over and over. Art/illustration has always been one of them. In fact, my undergraduate is a BFA in digital art. Yet I have a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies, like I said, I’m a renaissance girl…
…and I just want to be me.
While creating silly shirt designs wasn’t overly appealing I happened to stumble on to pattern making. It’s like a whole new world has opened up in discovering this. Creating designs that I could have licensed and printed out on fabric, cards, etc. In a way, it’s feeling the creativity gap that hasn’t been satisfied in a long time. I’m currently devouring everything I can to learn and have signed up for a larger course with Bonnie Christine this March.
Does that mean I’m giving up A Semi-Convenient Life as a blog? No… but things are going to change somewhat. For starters, I’m not going to be so obsessed over trying to bring in excessive traffic. I’ve been caught up in the world of “make money blogging” and in truth…it’s not me. This should be something I enjoy. I don’t want to niche down to just one thing. And I want to build an audience without bombarding everyone with ads.
Will I post recipes? Yes. Will I post these constant list posts you see everywhere….probably not unless I feel like it. Will I share my work and show my progress? Yes. Consistently? I’m going to try.
In truth, I just want to be me. And this is my journey to a balanced life. A life in the middle.